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Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea

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A true story of catastrophe and survival at sea, Fatal Forecast is a spellbinding moment-by-moment account of seventy-two hours in the lives of eightyoung fishermen, some of whom would never set foot on dry land again.

On the morning of November 21, 1980, two small Massachusetts lobster boats set out for Georges Bank, a bountiful but perilous fishing ground 130 miles off thecoast of Cape Cod. The National Weather Service had forecast typical fallweather, and the young, rugged crewmen aboard the Sea Fever and the Fair Wind had made dozens of similar trips that season. They had no reasonto expect that this trip would be any different.

But the only weather buoy on Georges Bank was malfunctioning, and the NationalWeather Service had failed to share this fact with the fishermen who dependedon its forecasts. As the two small boats headed out to sea, a colossal storm wasbrewing to the southeast, a furious maelstrom the National Weather Service didnot accurately locate until the boats were already caught in the storm's grip,trapped in the treacherous waters of Georges Bank.

Battered by sixty-foot waves and hurricane-force winds, the crews of the FairWind and the Sea Fever (captained by Peter Brown, whose father ownedthe Andrea Gail of Perfect Storm fame) struggled heroically to keep their vessels afloat. But the storm soon severely crippled one boat andoverturned the other, trapping its crew inside.

Meticulously researched and vividly told, Fatal Forecast is first andforemost a tale of miraculous survival. Most amazing is the story of Ernie Hazzard, who managed to crawl inside a tiny inflatable life raft and then spentmore than fifty terrifying hours adrift on the stormy open sea. By turns tragic,thrilling, and inspiring, Ernie's story deserves a place among the greatestsurvival tales ever told.

Equally riveting are the stories of the brave men and women from the Coast Guardand the crew of a nearby fishing boat who imperiled their own lives that day inorder to save the lives of others.

As gripping and harrowing as The Perfect Storm - but with a miracle ending - Fatal Forecast is an unforgettable true story about the collision of two spectacular forces: the brutality of nature and the human willto survive.

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andlt;bandgt;Now in paperback, a true story as spellbinding and harrowing as andlt;iandgt;The Perfect Stormandlt;/iandgt;, and#8220;marvel- ous and terrifyingand#8221; (andlt;iandgt;Los Angelesandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Timesandlt;/iandgt;)and#8212;published to heraldandlt;iandgt; andlt;/iandgt;the arrival of Tougiasand#8217;s new hardcover, andlt;iandgt;The Finest Hoursandlt;/iandgt;.andlt;/bandgt;andnbsp;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Onandnbsp;andnbsp; theandnbsp;andnbsp; morningandnbsp;andnbsp; of Novemberandnbsp; 21,andnbsp; 1980, twoandnbsp; smallandnbsp; boatsandnbsp; set outandnbsp; forandnbsp; Georgesandnbsp; Bank,andnbsp; aandnbsp; lucrative but perilous lobster fishing ground off the coast of Cape Cod. The National Weather Service had forecast typical fall weather, and the young, rugged crewmen aboard the Sea Fever and the Fair Wind had no reason to expect that this trip would be any different from the dozens theyand#8217;d made earlier in the season. But the only weather buoy in the area was malfunctioning, and the National Weather Service had failed to reveal this critical detail. And as the two small boats headed out to sea, a colossal storm was brewing to the southeast, a furious maelstrom that would batter the boats with sixty-foot waves and hurricane-force winds. A true story of catastrophe and survival at sea, this is a vivid moment-by-moment account of seventy-two hours in the lives of eight young fishermen. Most amazing is the story of Ernie Hazzard, who spent more than fifty terrifying hours adrift on the stormy open sea.andnbsp;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Gripping and heart-pounding, andlt;iandgt;Fatal Forecastandlt;/iandgt; is an unfor- gettable true story about the collision of two spectacular forces: the brutality of nature and the human will to survive.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Michael J. Tougias andlt;/bandgt;is an award-winning author of aandlt;bandgt; andlt;/bandgt;number of books, including andlt;iandgt;Ten Hours Until Dawn: Theandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Doandlt;/iandgt;. Heandlt;iandgt; andlt;/iandgt;is a much sought after lecturer and gives more than seventy presentations a year.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS Prologue

PART I

CHAPTER 1: The Fair Wind Crew

CHAPTER 2: Heading Out

CHAPTER 3: The Forecast

CHAPTER 4: In the Monster's Grip

CHAPTER 5: Multiple Maydays

CHAPTER 6: Pitch-poled

CHAPTER 7: Decisions

CHAPTER 8: The Sea Fever

CHAPTER 9: Blow-out

CHAPTER 10: Swept Away

PART II

CHAPTER 11: Stay with the Boat!

CHAPTER 12: Tumbling in the Void

CHAPTER 13: Inside a Punching Bag

CHAPTER 14: Trapped

CHAPTER 15: Just a Blustery Day

CHAPTER 16: A Silent Killer

CHAPTER 17: A Pilot's Nightmare

PART III

CHAPTER 18: Alone in the Night

CHAPTER 19: Dawn

CHAPTER 20: The Families Wait for News

CHAPTER 21: Heading Home and All Alone

CHAPTER 22: Drifting East

CHAPTER 23: The Search

CHAPTER 24: Almost Out of Time

CHAPTER 25: At the Edge of the Bank

CHAPTER 26: Salvation

CHAPTER 27: The Airlift

CHAPTER 28: A Different Kind of Pain

CHAPTER 29: The Inquiry and a Thank You

Epilogue

Author's Note

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743297042
Author:
Tougias, Michael
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Tougias, Michael J.
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - Shipwrecks
Subject:
Weather
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Subject:
United States - State & Local - New England
Subject:
Nautical-Ships and Ship History
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pp insert; 2 maps
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 8.19 oz

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"Synopsis" by , andlt;bandgt;Now in paperback, a true story as spellbinding and harrowing as andlt;iandgt;The Perfect Stormandlt;/iandgt;, and#8220;marvel- ous and terrifyingand#8221; (andlt;iandgt;Los Angelesandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Timesandlt;/iandgt;)and#8212;published to heraldandlt;iandgt; andlt;/iandgt;the arrival of Tougiasand#8217;s new hardcover, andlt;iandgt;The Finest Hoursandlt;/iandgt;.andlt;/bandgt;andnbsp;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Onandnbsp;andnbsp; theandnbsp;andnbsp; morningandnbsp;andnbsp; of Novemberandnbsp; 21,andnbsp; 1980, twoandnbsp; smallandnbsp; boatsandnbsp; set outandnbsp; forandnbsp; Georgesandnbsp; Bank,andnbsp; aandnbsp; lucrative but perilous lobster fishing ground off the coast of Cape Cod. The National Weather Service had forecast typical fall weather, and the young, rugged crewmen aboard the Sea Fever and the Fair Wind had no reason to expect that this trip would be any different from the dozens theyand#8217;d made earlier in the season. But the only weather buoy in the area was malfunctioning, and the National Weather Service had failed to reveal this critical detail. And as the two small boats headed out to sea, a colossal storm was brewing to the southeast, a furious maelstrom that would batter the boats with sixty-foot waves and hurricane-force winds. A true story of catastrophe and survival at sea, this is a vivid moment-by-moment account of seventy-two hours in the lives of eight young fishermen. Most amazing is the story of Ernie Hazzard, who spent more than fifty terrifying hours adrift on the stormy open sea.andnbsp;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Gripping and heart-pounding, andlt;iandgt;Fatal Forecastandlt;/iandgt; is an unfor- gettable true story about the collision of two spectacular forces: the brutality of nature and the human will to survive.
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